For most people in their early to mid-twenties, wearable technology that tracks health or activity readings has gained popularity. For seniors 65 and older, not so much. When it comes to technology, the elderly are not usually early adopters. Due to the fast pace of changing technology, they may be one or two generations behind.
Wearable Technology comes with benefits such as monitoring our health by tracking our activity and, in some cases, changing body readings. They could also alert the user of potential health issues.
Some of the new products that targeting seniors include:
Lively– Is a product with a sleek and subtle design that provides users with:
- An emergency button in case they need to call for help
- A reminder system for when to take their medication each day
- A step tracker to gauge their movement for the day
Body Guardian– A solution for seniors suffering from cardiac issues offering remote monitoring.
- Monitors their heart as they go about their daily life
- Gives their physician early notice of any irregularities
- Helps them avoid constant check ups
Be Close– This is a larger tech that includes a wearable component.
- Offers monitoring for seniors living on their own, and alerts family members and caregivers of mishaps and incidents.
- Tracks movements and daily activities to detect signs of depression.
Smart sole–Offers tracking feature of the elderly suffering from Alzheimer’s and triggers an alarm in case of the user wandering away beyond an electronic fence.
The same group can also benefit from GPS equipped shoes that tracks the user and, in the event of wandering on a cold winter night, it may even save a life.
New wearable technology products are being released regularly. The new technology continues to offer new features and options that could help seniors lead healthier and safer lives. At the same time, the technology is evolving into more user friendly products for the elderly to adopt.